The Welfare Reform Bill And Disability – By Rhydian Fon James

The Welfare Reform Bill (Bill 154) was unveiled by David Cameron yesterday, after being introduced in the House of Commons on Wednesday, 16th of February 2011. The Bill is quite controversial, and will provoke varying reactions depending on your political leanings. The Broken of Britain will not get involved in the general provisions of the Bill – as a non-party political group this is beyond our mandate, whatever individual members of the group may say in a personal capacity. However, provisions that affect disabled people are, most certainly, our business. Below is an analysis of the Bill and disability.

Part 1 of the Bill contains provisions and confers regulation-making powers for the new Universal Credit. Universal credit will be paid to people both in and out of work, replacing working tax credit, child tax credit, housing benefit, council tax benefit, IS, income- based JSA and income-related ESA. The stated aim of universal credit is to smooth the transition into work by reducing the support a person receives at a consistent rate as their earnings increase. The financial support provided by universal credit will be underpinned by responsibilities which claimants may be required to meet.

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One Response to “The Welfare Reform Bill And Disability – By Rhydian Fon James”

  1. ians12 Says:

    As I have said elsewhere the vast majority that these sanctions are aimed at who the government thinks will be threatened into “work type activity” for next to no pay will firstly not understand what is going on and secondly even if they do they will never agree to do it!

    In short the idea of sanctions will not produce the desired effect, ie a massaging of the jobless figures to give the illusion of full employment or reduced unemployment more likely.

    Sanctions WILL increase child poverty as the reaction of many will be to procreate and say “oh well, lets have more kids, you get more money that way”.

    That coupled with increasing attacks on Jobcentres and other government buildings paints a frightening picture of life in the second decade of the 21st century.

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